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Willis Earl Beal / The Echo / 10.18.12 / 7:30pm
WHAT HE SOUNDS LIKE: http://www.willisearlbeal.com/
Watch his entire set from Festsaal Kreuzberg de Berlin (Evening’s Kiss at 25:30 in which he plays his guitar with a toothpick is INCREDIBLE).
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS OUT:
CALL HIM AND HE WILL SING YOU A SONG - (773) 295-2135
ANOTHER REASON NOT TO MISS THIS:
He’s got a booming, soulful voice and lives with his grandmother on the South Side. He doesn’t have a day job. And, according to hand-drawn fliers he’s plastered around the city, he’ll sing you a song if you call him (773-295-2135) and draw you a picture if you write him (P.O. Box 471881, Chicago, IL, 60647). That’s the story that was told by Leor Galil in the Chicago Reader last year, and all of it is still true today. Except now, he’s signed to Hot Charity— an imprint of powerhouse indie XL (Adele, Vampire Weekend, M.I.A.)— which releases his LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, on April 3.
After the Reader story, Hot Charity head and renowned photographer Jamie-James Medina made Beal the label’s first signee. They carted the 27 year old to New York, where he inked his contract, met Damon Albarn, drank champagne, and ate lobster sandwiches. As Beal puts it: “It was a thing.” So while he’s still singing to people over the phone, instead of going to his grandma’s house, the calls are now routed to Beal’s cell through a line set up by his management.
Acousmatic Sorcery was recorded between 2007 and 2009 and finds Beal trying on a variety of hats— soulful balladeer, acoustic troubadour (“Evening’s Kiss”, below), rapper, noise artist, gospel belter (“Take Me Away”, above). Originally released in a limited edition by Found Magazine, Sorcery's scattershot approach and rudimentary instrumentals, along with Beal's “call me” backstory, had people pegging him as an “outsider artist” alongside Daniel Johnston and Jandek. And, as a fan of both men, Beal likes that distinction. “I’m glad I’m an outsider artist,” he says. “I can do whatever I want to and people don’t know what to expect.”
But the tag and its implications are beginning to chafe against Beal’s newfound noteriety. ”Now, I feel like I’m in a rut because I am not living on what I consider to be the fringes,” he says. And he’s right: Beal is set to open for SBTRKT in some large U.S. venues after an upcoming European tour. Within months, he’ll have gone from singing in Chicago train stations to opening at the House of Blues. He’s still looking to move out of his grandma’s house, though.
"I want to be like the black Tom Waits—
I don’t want to make one kind of sound.”
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE UNTIL 5PM AND AT THE DOOR TONIGHT. PLUS EMILY KOKAL OF WARPAINT IS OPENING! DON’T MISS OUT.
Before I begin to tell you how amazing this show is going to be, let me get something off of my chest. How the heck is it almost MAY already? Okay, I’m done. With that said, you don’t have much time left to grab your tickets to see Willis Earl Beal at the Autry on May 2nd. And folks…you’re gonna wanna see this man play.
This Chicagoan singer-songwriter seems like he stepped out of the past. His music definitely goes back to the roots of blues and gospel. But like all amazing artists, he puts his own swing on things. Through his experiences and musical talent, he has created a sound all his own. His newest album, Acousmatic Sorcery, was recently released. And you need to check this out. It’s streaming at The Chicago Reader right now. Trust me, this guy is going someplace. He’s already being recognized in other parts of the country/world. Now we need to start getting the West Coast on this fast train. Rumor even has it that Bruce Springsteen wanted Beal to open for him in London this July, but he had to pass it up due to unforeseen circumstances.
If you’re still not convinced, you might be after this: Beal occasionally plays his guitar with a toothpick. A toothpick! When asked about this method, he just said “You start fucking around with the indie music scene, they make you hold a guitar.” (BuzzChips).
Now isn’t that just the best answer you could think of?
So stop wasting your life on Facebook and have some real fun. Buy your tickets to see Willis Earl Beal HERE. You’ll be able to tell all of your friends/enemies that you loved this guy from the beginning. Let’s be honest- it’s always kinda fun to say that.